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Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:03:40 PM »
Hi all, After much deliberation I have landed on the plan below for my first foray into N Gauge (permission was not granted for a 2nd 00 layout!) . As a newbie to N, my first hard lesson was that an 8 x 2 board severely limits the ability to have complexity of operating interest AND nice sweeping curves but that is the size I am limited to. ( I may be able to squeeze an extra 6" of width with management permission which should help with the 9" radius).

The objective was to have a GWR through station with lots of operating interest i.e. Main Line, Branch Line, Goods Yard, Shunting etc.etc. and I have resisted the temptation to squeeze in a double track mainline (less is more).

Therefore my starting point was Halwill Junction......but very quickly I realised (Thanks to AnyRail) that it would not all fit in and so compromises were needed and here is the result.
I would welcome your technical/creative comments please.
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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 01:37:33 PM »
Hi Dave,

My comments would be, try and reduce the effect of ruler-straight straights going into constant radius curves at the end.  If you can add even a subtle curve to the main straight section, and ease into the curve at the ends by having a progressive radius it will look better.  This may mean a foray into flex-track!!

This doesn't mean I have always followed my own advice  :confused1:

Not sure if my comments are technical or creative.....anyhow, good luck with it!

Cheers Jon  :)
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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 01:57:26 PM »
This may mean a foray into flex-track!!


 :thankyousign: Thanks for the suggestion - I should have pointed out that I will be using Code 80 flextrack throughout - using set track in anyrail just helped me get the measurements right

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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 04:07:00 PM »
First of all please try to negotiate the extra 6" width as this will make a huge difference.
I see nothing wrong with your proposed layout but reckon a fiddle yard behind the backscene will be very limited. Have you considered a dogbone whereby you could have hidden areas at each end, a fiddle yard and a 2 line station? As Jon (PostModN66 has suggested, a shallow curve will look better than a straight and this could also be done with the dogbone set up.............



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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 04:26:05 PM »
Thanks for the dog bone suggestion..... I did consider but latest thinking, subject to management approval could be an L shape. The L on the left would fold away when not in use and could house all the fiddle if I bring the 2 tracks round the back. This would also give more scenic space for curves as I know the straight stuff looks horrid. Planning permission for foldaway L has been submitted.
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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2018, 04:47:57 PM »
The more you study and listen to feedback, the more indecisive you become. It's all change at Charlport Junction...... the double track is making a return along with nice curvy platforms and approaches..... all hopefully enabled by an 8" fold up section along the back to accommodate the loops and part of the fiddle yard - this solution provides the extra width only on "play days" and is thus exempt from planning permission.
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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2018, 04:52:49 PM »
the double track is making a return along with nice curvy platforms and approaches..... all hopefully enabled by an 8" fold up section along the back to accommodate the loops and part of the fiddle yard - this solution provides the extra width only on "play days" and is thus exempt from planning permission.

That's a neat way of avoiding the planning restrictions :thumbsup:

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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2018, 07:53:11 PM »
Fed up of planning and constantly changing my mind so have now moved to "Layout Construction".
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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2018, 08:52:00 PM »
Sounds good to me, shows some progress, looking forward to seeing the construction.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Charlport Junction - Comments welcome
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2018, 09:32:25 PM »
Me too  :thumbsup:
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